Premio COMEL 2016: Meet the Jury
Giorgio Agnisola – Art critic and essayist – President of the Jury
Anna Amendolagine – Art critic and essayist
Fabio Barisani – Designer and photographer
Dario Giugliano – Professor of Aesthetic and philosopher
Maria Gabriella Mazzola – Manager CO.ME.L. S.a.s. – Selection Committee
Giorgio Agnisola (1947) is an art critic and essayist. He has worked for many years as a consultant of Modern and Contemporary Art in international cultural exchanges. Since 1983 he has collaborated in official research missions for French-speaking countries of Europe. Professor Agnisola’s studies involve the relationship between Literature, Art and Psychology. Since 1990, he has collaborated with the newspaper ‘Avvenire’, in the cultural pages and in particular relating to Art.
He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and he also belongs to the ‘Société Internationale de Psychopathologie de l’expression’.
He has promoted numerous international exhibitions. Among the others: ‘Il simbolismo in Belgio’ (1985), in the Palazzo Reale di Caserta, in collaboration with the Belgian government, ‘Italy-Luxembourg, confrontations’, (2002), in collaboration with the Embassy of Luxembourg in Italy; ‘Alberto Magnelli, works 1915-1970’, Pinacoteca Civica, Gaeta, Italy. (2012); ‘Alberto Burri, Unico e multiplo’, Pinacoteca Civica di Gaeta (2014).
Giorgio Agnisola works as a consultant of CEI for Contemporary Sacred Art and teaches Sacred Art at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy. He is also co-director of the Scuola di Alta Formazione di Arte e Teologia.
He has written many books, including: Arte presente in Belgio (1985), presented in 1986 at the Biennale di Venezia; Arte in Lussemburgo dopo il 1945 (1989); Yuri and Lara, a reading of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ (1991); L’Addio, (1998); Dentro l’arte (2001); Viaggio nell’opera, vedere e sentire l’arte (2005); La pietra e l’angelo (2006); Leggere l’Arte (2009); L’oltranza dello sguardo in Friedrich, Monet, Cézanne (2010); Lo sguardo e l’opera (2014); L’avvertimento dell’oltre, in Morandi, Rothko e Manzù (2015).
As a curator, he has participated in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. As a critic and journalist, he has written for magazines as an Italian correspondent for international Photography and Art magazines such as ‘Aperture’ (New York), ‘HotShoe’ (London), ‘Eyemazing’ (Amsterdam), ‘Muse’ (Milan), ‘Around Photography’ (Bologna), ‘FotoCult’ (Roma).
He has won two international awards for his work as Art Critic: Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold II of Belgium and Officier de l’Ordre de Mérite in Luxembourg.
A book was dedicated to his activity by Bruno di Marcello, Giorgio Agnisola, dell’arte della critica (2000).
Born in Rome, Anna Amendolagine lives and works in Italy and abroad. She is a functionary of the Cultural Promotion at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Abroad she has held the positions of Director at the Italian Institutes, University Lecturer and researcher.
Her curatorial activity started in 2003 and has included the planning and realization of exhibitions, festivals and cultural events in collaboration with public and private institutions. She has also edited and written texts for various catalogs.
Among the most significant experiences in the field of promotion of Contemporary Art, the participation at the ‘Festival Europalia 2003 Italia’, in Brussels, and the curatorship of the retrospective exhibition ‘Nunzio Bibbo’. Genesi di un dialogo: Italia-Bulgaria’, at the National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, conceived by Vittorio Sgarbi (Biennale di Venezia 2011.)
Journalist and Press officer, she has written numerous articles on Art and culture for various newspapers and magazines.
As a ‘European Technical Coordinator’ she took part in the European Union projects Petra and Leonardo, from 1993 to 1998.
Among other specializations and university Masters, she got qualifications in ‘Art-historical Studies, protection and enhancement of cultural and environmental heritage’.
Artist and designer, Fabio Barisani was born in 1957 in Naples, where he still lives and works.
He got a Diploma in the Print Arts at the State Institute of Art ‘F. Palizzi’ of Naples, and later achieved a Diploma in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples and a Master in ‘Digital writing’ at the University of Florence. Since 1979, he has worked professionally as a graphic and visual designer and photographer, working as a freelancer in several architectural studios and graphic design studios for communication. He has participated in various projects in national and international competitions, with numerous books published. Since 1990 he has been a Professor in the Art Institutes and Academies of Fine Arts in Sassari, Rome, Florence and also in Naples, where he currently holds a position in teaching Phenomenology of the body and Techniques and graphics technologies.
His most recent artistic research makes use of different techniques of digital animation, as he follows a survey in the relationship between sound and image involving the intervention of experimental musicians and composers. For these accomplishments he is invited to festivals and events in Italy and abroad.
Graduated cum laude in Aesthetics in Anceschiana School of Università degli Studi di Bologna, he attained a PhD in Philosophy at Università di Trieste, teaching in Universities and Accademies of Arts. He is a member in commission for direction of art’s and epistemology copybooks “Parol” (EDES ed.). He has been chief-redactor in magazine “Kiliagono” (ed. Scheiwiller). He is member of Advisory Council of magazine “Third Text. Critical perspectives on contemporary art & culture” (ed. Routledge). He is Correspondant partner of Accademia di Scienze Morali e Politiche of Società Nazionale di Scienze Lettere e Arti in Naples. He direct magazine “Estetica. Studi e ricerche” (ed. Luciano) and, with Manlio Iofrida and Silvano Petrosino, the Philosophy’s serie “Syrakousai” (Bulzoni ed.). He teached Aesthetics at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, in Milan. He is now teacher of Aesthetics at Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli. His essays appeared on many magazines concerning Philosophy and Art’s theory, both italians and international, such as “aut aut” (ed. Il saggiatore), “Estetica” (ed. Il melangolo), “Rivista di Estetica” (Rosenberg & Sellier), “Millepiani” (Mimesis ed.), “Rue Descartes” (P.U.F.) “Third text” (Routledge), “Teoria” (ed. ETS), “Etica & Politica”, “Discipline filosofiche” (Quodlibet ed.).
Maria Gabriella Mazzola
Maria Gabriella runs the Company CO.ME.L., along with her brother Adriano and her sister Luisa. She combines the technical and business preparation and organization and coordination skills, giving the company new guidelines such as the attention to communication, innovation and marketing strategies. She has always supported, personally and with the company, activities in favor of the territory: art exhibitions, publications, visual arts exhibitions, short film festivals and animal protection.
In December 2012 Maria Gabriella received an important recognition for entrepreneurial merits by the Cultural Committee ‘Nuova Immagine Latina’, which awards the most influential people in town.
Her thought: ‘The results achieved are the consequence of continuous efforts and strong determination, essential qualities for those who want to get great success.’